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Altitude not necessarily SIDS culprit

Your recent article on sudden infant death syndrome cites a study that places blame for these deaths on the high altitude in Colorado (“Study: High altitude may boost babies’ risks for SIDS deaths,” Web, May 25).

CNN, the sinking ship

I just watched an hourlong special on CNN, “35 Years of CNN,” primarily because nothing else was on. This program amounted to 60 minutes of news personalities boasting about the network being the “only news organization” present at major historical events, such as the beginning of the Iraq war. I found all this in-house hype entertaining. CNN has, in fact, been on the air 35 years. But what has it accomplished in three-and-a-half decades? Not much, if anything.

Tax reform headed in wrong direction

As a small-business owner, I am concerned by what I’ve read and heard regarding Congress’ efforts to overhaul our overly burdensome tax system. I support reforming the tax system to make it simpler and easier for all businesses to understand, but I worry that what Congress is proposing will be a tax-reform system geared toward large corporations, and that it will leave small businesses holding the bag and without any relief.

Don’t transform America; perfect it

President Obama and others who think like him want to “fundamentally transform” the United States. Yet in order to become successful, many of these people took advantage of opportunities provided them by the United States — before any transformation had taken place.

Christians not leaving Israel

Reading “Pope Francis canonizes first modern Palestinian saints in heavily symbolic move” (Web, May 17) an unsuspecting reader might think that Christian Arabs are persecuted in all of Israel, not just in the West Bank and Gaza. The same reader might also get the impression that Christian Arabs are leaving Israel. Neither of these is true.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Internet ignorance hurting U.S.

The Washington Times

One thing that is clear from the debate over National Security Agency "snooping" is the abysmal ignorance on the part of politicians, editors and commentators about the Internet. Worse, the ignorance is self-willed and appears to be deliberate. But there is no secret about the Internet or the way it works. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people throughout the world are well aware of how a packet switch network functions, how TCP/IP works, and why trite phrases such as "get a warrant" serve to demonstrate only the stupidity of those who use them.

Bureaucrats will destroy nuclear Navy

In 2009 the "reset policy" of the current U.S. presidential administration unleashed the Russian terror in the world by giving Vladimir Putin the green light to pursue his KGB/FSB profession not only as former FSB chief, but as president of Russia. Mr. Putin knew that America would not confront him if he continued to kill more than 50,000 Chechens, 6,000 Ukrainians, 36 journalists, 293 Russian apartment dwellers (in order to frame Chechnya) and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

No more Clintons

Hillary Clinton should do the honorable thing and bow out gracefully. Her scandal-ridden resume makes her ineligible to hold the highest office in this great nation. She is detrimental to the Democratic Party and will put the United States in further peril as the opposition will not let up in exposing her past, and free nations of the world will have less respect for our country.

Anti-gay 'therapy' is a choice

U.S. Reps. Ted W. Lieu and Jackie Speier, both California Democrats, are behind a House bill that would ban so-called gay "conversion therapy." They claim being homosexual is not a disorder ("Gay-conversion therapy ban to be introduced in House," Web, May 18). Wow. How can they say that homosexuality is not a disorder when it's obvious that a homosexual mind (or orientation) in a heterosexual body is a mind-body mismatch, just as a female mind in a male body and a male mind in a female body are mismatches?

Obama, not Fox, disconnected

President Obama disarms criticism with humor. I doubt that it is his humor, of course; he likely openly borrows from his numerous writers. But if he can get you to laugh along with him and identify with his chuckle he can prevent your being disgusted by how he tears America down, insults Christianity and praises the contributions of Islam.

Nun characterization misleading

Your coverage of the recent canonization of two 19th-century Arab Christian nuns featured some glaring historical distortions that need to be corrected ("Pope Francis canonizes first modern Palestinian saints in heavily symbolic move," Web, May 17).

Abortion a worse death than killers get

It's long been considered acceptable to abort a living fetus by dismemberment (a euphemistic term for being drawn and quartered in utero). It would take only one adult criminal sentenced to death by drawing and quartering to open the debate on the cruelty of this punishment, which abortionists describe merely as a medical procedure.

Pope mum on Mideast persecution

It seems very strange that the pope is not protecting the Christians in the Muslim world and in the areas controlled by Palestinian Muslim Arabs. For example, in Bethlehem under the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) control, the Christian population declined from 85 percent to 15 percent of the total. This occurred starting during Yasser Arafat's leadership and has continued into Mahmoud Abbas' control of the area.

U.S. security hinges on Afghanistan

The Obama administration finally listened to our military leaders and are now planning to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and probably beyond ("Officials: US to keep more troops in Afghanistan into 2016," Web, March 16). Originally they were going to draw down to 5,500 troops.

Agenda of change -- in some things

Pope Francis has been getting considerable attention for his so-called agenda of change. In many ways it's quite refreshing to see a pontiff who is not afraid to break the mold. He has spoken passionately about globalization and his perception of how it has resulted in mass inequality. And even though I believe he's dead wrong on the causes (and more importantly the solutions), I respect what he's attempting to do as a spiritual leader.

Don't buy what Democrats selling

The ways in which President Obama and the current crop of presidential contenders handle the media can serve as a metaphor for how the two parties govern once in power. Republicans favor fewer regulations and freer markets. When it comes to handling the press, GOP candidates take questions from anyone, including Democratic partisans masquerading as objective journalists.